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SIDS is a term for the sudden death of an infant under one year of age, which remains unexplained after an in-depth case investigation.

Experts cannot predict which babies will die of SIDS. But YOU can take precautions to limit the chances of this tragedy taking place. Please browse this site and learn how to protect your baby.

Is it SUID or SIDS?

Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) is a term used to describe the unexpected infants' deaths. It is not an official diagnosis.  Upon further investigation, the cause of death may be found to be one of the following causes:

  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Hypothermia or Hyperthermia
  • Neglect or Homicide; Accidental Suffocation
  • Poisoning; SIDS; and Others. 

After a thorough and comprehensive investigation, if no cause has been identified, the infant death may be most accurately described as SIDS. To learn more, visit: CDC StatisticsFacts and Statistics

State Statutes

In 2006, the Nebraska Legislature passed a law requiring hospitals, birthing centers and other medical facilities to present a video and reading materials to new parents, discussing the dangers of shaking a baby and sudden infant death syndrome.

Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103. Information for parents of newborn child; requirements:

Every hospital, birth center, or other medical facility that discharges a newborn child shall request that each maternity patient and father of a newborn child, if available, view a video presentation and read printed materials, approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, on the dangers of shaking infants and children, the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome, the dangers associated with rough handling or the striking of an infant, safety measures which can be taken to prevent sudden infant death and the dangers associated with infants sleeping in the same bed with other children or adults. After viewing the presentation and reading the materials or upon a refusal to do so, the hospital, birth center, or other medical facility shall request that the mother and father, if available, sign a form stating that he or she has viewed and read or refused to view and read the presentation and materials. Such presentation, materials, and forms may be provided by the department. Source - Laws 2006, LB 994, § 149.

Download SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome Information Acknowledgement Form:

PDF FormatMS Word Format - English; MS Word Format - Spanish;​​

Brochures and video are available in English and Spanish (view Resources section below).

The Law requires that video and reading materials be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. Contact us to review any material not provided by Department of Health and Human Services for review.


Videos and Brochures

The following informational videos and brochures were developed to distribute to hospitals, birthing centers and other medical facilities.   

ABCs of Safe Sleep:

123 Don't Shake Me

Nursing and Health Care Provider Education

The national Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly Back to Sleep), led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), recently launched an updated free continuing education (CE) activity, Risk Reduction for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death, now available online for nurses and health care providers to update their knowledge about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death. The updated CE activity gathers the latest research on SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death and the safe sleep recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics into one place so that nurses and health care providers can learn risk-reduction practices quickly and easily. In addition to providing key messages that nurses can share with parents and caregivers, the updated CE activity also offers specific communication practices that nurses can easily incorporate into their work day. It is approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, for 1.1 contact hours. 

SIDS Risk Factors and Protective Factors

​Sudden Unexplained Infant D​eath Reporting​

For more information, contact Jackie Moline at Jackie.Moline@nebraska.gov